The City of Edmonton has launched a new program that will help beautify residential boulevards.
The Residential Boulevard Gardening Kickstart program allows Edmontonians to plant their own garden in underused strips of grass between sidewalks and roads.
“I think they’re really pretty,” said Hazeldean resident Marissa Adie. “I think they add a nice touch to the neighborhood.”
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“They make things so much nicer,” said fellow resident Lou Remesz.
Ward O-day’min County. Anne Stevenson advocated for the scheme, saying it was needed for people without access to green spaces.
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“It has no resource implications. This is one of the big advantages,” the adviser said. Stevenson said. “It is an asset that already exists, it will not be an additional cost for the city to simply open these spaces to make them available.
People who want to set up a basic garden in a green space between their sidewalk and the street can apply for a permit.
There is immediate approval and the annual fee is waived for this year and 2023.
More details will be needed for a permit for a more robust garden. There is a $75 fee, but again it is waived for this year and next.
“I really hope this new program emphasizes that it’s something people can choose to do if they’re waiting in a community garden plot,” the councilor said. Stevenson said. “They may instead have one on a boulevard potentially.”
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Com. Stevenson said there was a gardening program in the past, but it was difficult for people to navigate and get approval.
“This new program provides a lot more clarity and a lot more opportunities for people to make transformative change in these spaces.”
Changes Adie welcomes.
“Most people in this neighborhood are gardeners,” she said. “So I think they can bring a little bit of their personal touch to the neighborhood, for everyone, it’s a good idea.”
Requests can be made on the city’s website.
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